British Gymnastics has secured a historic three year deal with BBC Sport meaning the broadcaster will air an unprecedented number of Championships and events over the next three years. The agreement includes the exclusive and terrestrial broadcast of the Gymnastics World Cup taking place this month. Full details are as follows:
Live TV broadcast, plus live streaming on BBC Sport online and on connected TV (exclusive to BBC):
• Gymnastics World Cup
Live streaming on BBC Sport online and on connected TV (non-exclusive to BBC):
• Artistic Gymnastics British Championships
• Rhythmic Gymnastics British Championships
• Aerobics Gymnastics British Championships
• Trampoline Tumbling & Double Mini Trampoline British Championships
• Acrobatics Gymnastics British Championships
Whilst the Artistic British Championships have been broadcast on the BBC previously, this is a landmark agreement for the wider disciplines. Nigel Hill, Commercial Director at British Gymnastics responsible for negotiations said “We are delighted to partner with BBC Sport on this historic agreement. Gymnastics is spectacular to watch and we win more fans every year. Broadcast is crucial to the profile and understanding of the sport. This new agreement ensures viewers can experience many exciting Championship events and disciplines.”
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: “This new deal strengthens our year-round commitment to gymnastics and is a perfect fit for our market-leading, free-to-air, sports streaming service. We're delighted to be showcasing the sport and the inspirational feats of its British role models to the widest possible audience.”
The 2018 Gymnastics World Cup will be streamed exclusively live on the BBC app, website and Red Button and on Weds 21st and Thurs 22nd March and broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 24th March.
The event which takes place at Arena Birmingham will feature 18 leading gymnasts from eight nations including the Great Britain team of Amy Tinkler, Alice Kinsella, James Hall and Dominick Cunningham. Gymnasts will take part in the all-around competition which for men includes the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars whilst the women will battle it out on the vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.